A new road is being built by Dorset Highways to support the southern expansion of Gillingham.
Principal Street will connect the B3092 New Road and B3081 Shaftesbury Road. The 1.3km-long residential road will have a 30mph speed limit and a shared footway/cycleway on both sides of the road, it will have street-lighting, parking spaces and green verges planted with trees to enhance its feel as a residential area.

A successful bid to Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) granted £6.31m to fund the design of the road, secure planning approval and build the road through the development.
This money will be recovered through Section 106 developer contributions from the expansion which will be reinvested in housing projects across Dorset. 

Gillingham southern expansion is set to deliver 1,800 homes plus a new primary school, health facilities, sports pitches, play areas, shops and open spaces. 

Construction

Dorset Highways contractor Hanson UK will start construction work in summer 2021, with the road set to be finished in spring 2022. 

Construction traffic will access the works site via Shaftesbury Road and exit on to Cole Street Lane. 

There will be no through-access along the new road until Welbeck Land Ltd has completed its first phase of development, which includes building the final junction at the eastern end of Principal Street (onto Shaftesbury Road). 

The road will be adopted by Dorset Council at the end of its construction, with the council taking responsibility for its maintenance.

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